Pope Francis acknowledged today (May 13, 2017) that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified, according to the ABC News website.
Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the Vatican's handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish sex abuse victim who resigned from Francis' sex abuse advisory commission in March.
Collins quit because of what she said was the "unacceptable" level of resistance within the Vatican to implementing the group's proposals to better care for victims and protect children from priests who rape and molest them.
Speaking to reporters while flying home today from a trip to Portugal, Francis called Collins "a great woman" and said she was "a bit right" to complain about the slow pace in processing abuse cases. He also said that more staff are being added to speed up the process and that the Vatican is "on the right path."